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Edition: March / May 2020

Editorials

FIRST WORD

Through the noise and negativity, there is hope for SA. On perspectives, often lacking, and positives, often overlooked, things can get better albeit off a low base.

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IMPACT INVESTMENT

When there’s talk of involvement from the private sector, talk of pension funds. Their role is crucial for infrastructure, economic development and jobs growth.

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PROFILE

The new ASSA president is determined to help “make a difference” to SA’s fortunes.

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GOVERNANCE

Let it be repeated. There’s no way that government prescription over the investment of pension-fund assets should be tolerated.

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PRODUCT SELECTION

In making comparisons, don’t look only at costs. More important is value for money.

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COVER STORY

The social and investment risks from climate change have reignited the obligations of pension funds to take ESG seriously, more seriously than ever. Denial and lethargy are not only stupid but also irresponsible.

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DIRECTORS’ ROLE

A powerful sceptic on ‘profits with purpose’ is Warren Buffet. The purpose of companies is to make profits. He’ll invest in renewable energy if there are attractive tax breaks.

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CURRENTS

Securities & Exchange Commission raises the bar on ESG disclosures; Silence over the withdrawal by Pepkor fund of its R70m court case against JSE; Why ARC has become the biggest shareholder in Alexander Forbes.

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RETIREMENT REFORM

More reforms needed for improvements in funding. There’re gaps to be addressed.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Germany promotes its co-determination model for SA. Will business and labour bite?

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LITIGATION

Public Protector has won a punitive costs order against pension-fund curator. But the victory had nothing to do with the merits of her report on the FSCA.

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UNPAID BENEFITS

Workers’ pension funds must be in a quandary. They’d want benefits paid to past members but will have to pick up the costs of tracing them. Liberty illustrates how expensive and fraught it can be.

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GRAVY

Accountants and lawyers at Zondo.

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